Miami Beach may be synonymous with partying, but there’s plenty to interest the serious foodie as well. Check out these eight suggestions for wining and dining on this strip of paradise.
Miami is a beautiful hodge podge of countless cultures, and 27 is proof that the resulting combinations can be sublime. Arepas, chickpea masala, and kimchee fried rice rub shoulders with chicken pot pie and cheeseburgers on this eclectic menu that also boasts a gorgeous craft cocktail list. The setting—in a cozy historic home adjacent to the Freehand Miami—is intimate and quietly luxurious.
If you’re craving tacos, there’s only one true destination: Taquiza. The blue corn tortillas are handmade daily from corn that is ground inhouse—daily. There are nine kinds of tacos, a handful of sides and a selection of beer, as well as an excellent breakfast menu. With combinations such as pork, pineapple, and achiote, or grasshoppers, avocado and tajin, we promise you won’t be bored.
Located in the chic environs of the Faena Hotel, Pao by Paul Qui features modern Asian food influenced by the background of culinary superstar and Top Chef Winner Paul Qui. Qui was born in Manila, Philippines and trained in classical French and Japanese cuisine. He brings this medley of experience to fruition in the playful yet cerebral dishes that leave guests almost too absorbed to look up from their plates and take in those ocean views.
Want a bite of something that will transport you to a picnic blanket beside the Seine? Head to local gem La Sandwicherie that locals have flocked to for nearly three decades. Open virtually around the clock, it is the place to hop on a stool and munch on a baguette or a croque monsieur—day or night—while watching the world go by.
New places come and go, but a visit to South Beach is no such thing without paying homage to one of the originals: Joe's Stone Crab. The institution has a century-long history going back to the day Joe Weiss opened a lunch counter on Miami Beach with his wife, Jennie. The only restaurant around grew fast but really took off after Joe became the first to serve stone crabs, which taste as divine today, chilled with Joe’s famous mustard sauce.
Sit down at a table in Macchialina and feel like you’ve been whisked away to a hip eatery in Italy. Born in Queens, New York but raised and trained in Italy, Chef Michael Pirolo prides himself on rustic Italian classics with a sophisticated twist.
When it opened in 2011, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar was an instant hit. Today, it’s still always packed, because who can resist authentic, down-home southern cooking? Especially when it’s made with the freshest farm-to-table ingredients and served with inventive flair while you’re nestling in your cream banquette and sipping on your bourbon?
Sometimes, all you crave is a slice of pizza, and it would be a crime to order it from anywhere other than Lucali, the outpost of a wildly popular Brooklyn neighborhood eatery. Fresh ingredients on a generously-sized crispy thin pizza—it’s simplicity at its best. Expect a wait; it’s worth it.
You can enjoy Miami Beach without your party shoes at these favorite locales. Serious foodie or just enjoy fine dining experience, you're sure to enjoy these place on this little strip of paradise.
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